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High-performance end mills

Posted on 27 Oct 2019 and read 1197 times
High-performance end millsThe popularity of the 5021 Series of Cyber Square end mills from Tamworth-based Industrial Tooling Corporation Ltd (ITC — www.itc-ltd.co.uk) has seen the cutting-tool manufacturer introduce the new 5041 Series of end mills.

These cutters have been designed to give manufacturers extended reach when machining ‘challenging’ materials.

ITC says the new line of 5041 Series five-flute tools is the ‘first choice’ the end mill for high-performance machining of steels and ‘exotic’ material types.

The solid-carbide cutters are made from a micro-grain carbide substrate and feature ITC’s Cupro coating technology.

“This coating dissipates heat and prolongs tool life, while providing a robust platform for the machining of deep
pockets and cavities.”

These long-reach tools are available in diameters of 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16mm, with a reach of 12 to 64mm and a length of cut from 5 to 24mm, depending upon the chosen diameter.

The geometry and flute length ratio have been optimised on this tool series, which has an overall length from 58 to 125mm.

ITC says extensive trials show that 5041 Series cutters provide the optimum combination of rigidity, surface finish and material removal rates when reaching into cavities, thanks to their ability to reduce chatter and vibration — and subsequently stress and spindle load.

These cutters can undertake trochoidal milling, slotting, pock-eting and general heavy material removal in applications involving aerospace-grade materials.

Furthermore, the 3-, 4- and 5mm-diameter end mills are offered with the choice of a 0.25 or 0.5mm corner radius; tools from 6 to 16mm in diameter have corner radius options of 0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 2, 2.5 or 3mm — and even 4mm for the larger end mills in the series.